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Samsung B7722 Review

Samsung B7722

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Interface:

The user interface is... you guessed it... Samsung's TouchWiz, with all its home screens and widgets. Here this means three home screens, four icons on the dock for the most used actions – keypad, contacts, messages and menu (which can't be changed), and numerous widgets. The main menu has three pages of useful applications, including Google Maps, MySpace and Facebook – all of these can be placed as widgets on the home screens too. The choice of colors and font in the menus looks like something out of a beta version, and somewhat hinder the first impressions about an otherwise pretty functional interface. Thankfully, as on all TouchWiz phones, the interface font can be changed to something more wacky.

Samsung B7722 uses the TouchWiz interface - Samsung B7722 Review
Samsung B7722 uses the TouchWiz interface - Samsung B7722 Review

Samsung B7722 uses the TouchWiz interface



The phone keypad is also pretty uninspiring in the default color and font combo, but the buttons are big enough to press easily. There is a smart dial option in contacts, and the letters are typed via an on-screen numpad, old school as it is. Contacts appear in a simple scrollable list with an alphabetic slider for a quick find, or you can use the search box above contacts. There are no capabilities to aggregate your Facebook or other contacts into your phonebook, like on some Samsung smartphones lately.


Messaging:

Despite being a feature phone, the Samsung B7722 easily allows an abundance of actions with your messages. Attaching multimedia to your text message is just a tap away, and the email app can download up to 5MB per message in the inbox to a maximum of a thousand messages back. Unfortunately even popular email services have to be set manually, but there is the Google widget, with dedicated Gmail, Maps and Search buttons, if El Goog is where you belong. There is also an Exchange server application for all your corporate email needs, and a built-in document viewer for those pesky Microsoft Office attachments.

Attaching multimedia - Samsung B7722 Review

Attaching multimedia



The phone has a pretty responsive accelerometer, which quickly changes the mode from the portrait numpad to the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and vice versa. The keys are arranged in four rows, they are well spaced and easy to type on, regardless of the slow keystroke register due to an overall interface sluggishness.

Samsung B7722 Review
Samsung B7722 Review


Connectivity and Data:

The Samsung B7722 offers both 3G and Wi-Fi chips, but has no GPS unit. Unfortunately 3G can only be used on one of the two SIM cards inserted. While in dual-SIM mode, the phone shows signal bars for both cards, and highlights in green the one you are currently using for outgoing calls or data. Syncing the phone with a computer is done via the standard Samsung Kies software.

The browser is Samsung's Dolphin 1.5 concoction, based on WebKit. Pages render slowly, and you can forget about text reflowing. Double-tap to zoom works after every last bit of the page has loaded, and there are two arrows for one-touch zooming capability, which never worked right. Zooming large pages often gave an error as well.

The browser of Samsung B7722 - Samsung B7722 Review
The browser of Samsung B7722 - Samsung B7722 Review

The browser of Samsung B7722


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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.47 x 2.19 x 0.56 inches
(113.5 x 55.5 x 14.3 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 12.83 hours talk time

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